The largest cemetery of airplanes in the world
• The largest cemetery of airplanes in the world
Desert of Arizona is fraught with a lot of interesting things. For example, five thousand abandoned aircraft, neatly parked in a row among the sand and cacti. It is the world's largest cemetery of old aircraft. Walk?
Even though planes and abandoned for a long time do not fly, they are located in the United States Air Force base, "Davis Monte" that in Arizona in Tucson. All planes enclosed by a fence, and inside there is almost impossible.
America - not Russia, leaky fence is not usual, but if you try to drive around the perimeter of the territory - a chance to find what you're looking.
There rot and attain the age only military aircraft. Since the second World War, all written off, but not collapsed side were brought here in the desert, at the Air Force base. That's accumulated.
The base itself was founded in 1925 and received its name in honor of the two military pilots of the First World War - Samuels Davis and Oscar Montaigne.
The base expanded by 1940 the ninth year, when it raged, another World War in Europe. On this basis, the crews began to prepare for the bombers. After the war, in 1945, closed the training ground and decided to use the place as a cemetery is now unnecessary combat aircraft. The local climate is dry and solid ground provide the perfect safety of the aircraft for a long time.
This is only a short time training center had to form again. The Cold War and the military had to declare a permanent alert, which lasted almost forty years.
There settled parade of the Strategic Air Command and dedicated team of technicians ready to reopen the old planes.
Since the beginning of the fifties is based air group two Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and with sixty-three - spy planes Lookheed U-2. Also somewhere missile silos were located in the vicinity in the amount of 18 pieces.
The Cold War ended and the constant readiness for such a large number of planes again become unnecessary. Planes grew old and rusted. they lacked
Some of them thought to repaint, re-equip and use for the needs of civil aviation, and so it did not happen.
When the Internet appeared, on the basis it became widely known outside of Arizona and America. Including guglosnimkov got up and Russian avialyubiteley, "declassified" many interesting models of airplanes, which until now has not even heard of.
While all of these thousands and thousands of planes, standing in the middle of the desert and form a cemetery entirely abandoned them can not be called. The Americans managed to do this and profitable business.
Base Davis Monte occupies 309th Group of the US Department of Defense, which included running about five hundred people engaged in aircraft repair.
Each year, on the basis there is about 400 new units. To the cemetery did not grew at half staff, about the same number of planes sold friendly, but poor countries or destroyed.
on the agreement on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed between the US and Russia, there have been destroyed 365 bomber Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
Each aircraft arriving at the storage of the base Davis Monte, subjected to rigorous inspection, with it being dismantled weapons and sensitive equipment, and fuel system is drained and pumped oil.
All the technology park can be divided into four groups: long-term and short-term preservation (potentially combat-ready equipment), aircraft donor and machinery for sale. In the latter category is sometimes not flying military equipment. For example, last year to bring here is not used, but written off over the age of war "Hummers."
database management decided to implement them through the Internet, but was bought a few units - these machines are not suitable for civilian life and die in captivity: fuel consumption is very large, uncomfortable interior, Manual. For some reason, I remembered his fury rush compatriots on decommissioned military UAZ and BRDMy. Although it is not surprising, in America there is almost no such Gauvin, which will not pass more or less decent SUV from a dealership.
But America can do business: for every dollar spent on the maintenance of the airplane graveyard and aircraft repair teams, AFB earns 11.